CAC to offer course in home modification assessment

During the Fall 2014 semester, the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer "Home Sweet Home: Home Modification Assessment," a course designed to provide human service and housing professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct a performance-based assessment of a person's health, capabilities and home characteristics.

Based on the results of the assessment, students will practice designing recommendations and specifications for tailored home modification interventions to enhance independence, safety, and quality of life.

The course will be offered in two formats:

Option 1 - Academic Credit
Guest Student Registration through UIndy
Cost: $703.50

Course registration includes:

  • Graduate credit (1.5 credits) and grade which will be documented on official UIndy transcript
  • Access to online learning management system with instructor-directed course work and resources. Course will run October 20 - December 13, 2014.
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.

 

Option 2 - Non-credit
Registration will be through Eventbrite
Cost: $600

Course registration includes:

  • Suggested pre-course reading list and review materials
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.

 

Reserve your space today.
To register or for more information, contact Stephanie Fritz, CAC Academic Coordinator, at (317) 791-5929.

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CHS Dean pens editorial for Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Stephanie Kelly, Dean, UIndy CHSThroughout the course of her career as a physical therapist, University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, has been interested and involved in clinical education. That expertise led to her invitation to author an editorial, "On the Summit," on the evolution of clinical physical therapist education in the recent, special-edition issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE).

Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and is co-chair of an ACAPT steering committee dedicated to making changes in clinical education that respond to the changing landscape of healthcare.

"Our profession has had a number of successes in this process: the development of the Clinical Performance Instrument, the credentialing of clinical instructors, formation of many active regional consortia, to name a few," Kelly wrote, while noting that challenges still exist which require further action.

The special edition of JOPTE is dedicated to seven position papers that are part of the ACAPT visioning process for changes clinical education. In her editorial, Kelly said the publication of the papers and the offering of several webinars taking place during Summer 2014 are meant to serve as the foundation for discussion that will take place at an ACAPT Clinical Education Summit, on October 12-13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. The goal for the Clinical Education Summit is to reach agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education and to provide specific implementation recommendations to ACAPT.

"We recognize that each [academic] program has a unique institutional mission that must be met; however, just as best practice guidelines continue to allow for individualized patient care, establishing best practice standards for clinical education will continue to allow programs to meet their respective missions," Kelly wrote.

To learn more about the ACAPT Clinical Education Summit, to read the seven position papers presented in JOPTE, or to review the webinar schedule, please visit www.acapt.org.

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Two UIndy OT professors earn doctoral degrees

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that assistant professors Lori Breeden, EdD, OTR and Alison Nichols, OTD, OTR recently successfully defended their dissertations and earned their doctoral degrees.

Dr. Nichols defended her doctoral capstone in May and graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (ODT) degree. Her capstone project was titled, “Changes in Knowledge, Skills, and Confidence in Fieldwork Educators after Participation in an Evidence-Based Practice Short Course.”

Dr. Nichols specializes in early intervention pediatric occupational therapy. She is currently serving her second term as the secretary for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA) and has also served as a test-item writer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Indianapolis.

 

 

Dr. Breeden defended her doctoral dissertation on in June at Ball State University. She will graduate in July with a doctorate in adult, community, and higher education.  Her dissertation was titled, “Exploring Older Adult Home Safety Education With Photo Elicitation via Telehealth.”

She specializes in neurological recovery and upper extremity spasticity management. Her research interests include client education, stroke recovery, OT delivery via telehealth, and the contribution of photovoice and photoethnic research to the understanding of participation in meaningful occupation with a chronic illness or disability. Dr. Breeden earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Indianapolis.

 

 

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Comstock inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) will induct Dr. Joni Comstock into its Athletic Hall of Fame on September 6 in Charleston, Ill. Dr. Comstock will be entering the Athletic Hall of Fame as a friend of athletics based on the impact she has had on Eastern Illinois Athletics and national collegiate athletics. Dr. Comstock was a volleyball student-athlete at EIU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She received her master's degree in education and sports management from Illinois State University, and earned a doctorate in administration of higher education from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

In addition to her position at the NCAA, in 2012 Dr. Comstock became a co-instructor for the University of Indianapolis' Master of Science in Sport Management program, which focuses on intercollegiate athletics administration. She provides her expertise in the facility and event management course (KINS 510). She often holds class meetings for the UIndy students at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, where students have the opportunity to learn from more experts in the sport management field.

Dr. Comstock has been with the NCAA as Senior Vice President of Championships and Senior Woman Administrator since 2006. She is responsible for the oversight of 84 NCAA national championships, statistics, playing rules administration, media coordination, and gender initiatives. She was previously honored by EIU in 2013 as one of ten significant contributors to Panther Women's Athletics during the school's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. She also represented EIU as their pioneer in women’s athletics and was honored by the Ohio Valley Conference that same year.

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Staples receives Lucy Blair Service Award from APTA

Krannert School of Physical Therapy Associate Professor William H. “Bill” Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, recently received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

In addition to his work as a professor, Staples also serves as a lead reviewer for APTA clinical residency and fellowship programs, including the evaluation of 7 new clinical residency programs. He is also the chair of the Item Bank Review Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

An APTA member since 1979, Staples has been a member of several APTA sections, including: the Neurology Section, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and the Home Health Section. He has served on the Board of the Geriatric Section for 9 years and is currently the President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. In 2008, he was inducted into Sigma Phi Omega, a national professional society for gerontology. Staples has also received the Anthony D. Certo Award for distinction in furthering physical therapy as a professional practice, the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Distinguished Educator Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Joan M Mills Award, and the President’s Award for Exceptional Service.

The Lucy Blair Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to the association through district, chapter, committee, section, task force, or national activities. Lucy Blair (deceased 1985) was known for qualities such as having unswerving dedication, self-sacrifice without limit, an infectious enthusiasm, strong personal and professional values, a sharp wit and sense of humor, and a genuine interest and concern for every individual she met.

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Top 5 Reasons to study Engineering at UIndy

UIndy has recently revamped the structure of its Engineering program, creating more benefits for students and providing more options for majors. The Engineering Dual Degree Program at UIndy is a cooperative partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program is designed to be 5 years in length, after which students will graduate with a degree in a Math or Science field from UIndy, and another in one of four areas within Engineering from IUPUI. Although the idea of staying in school for a fifth year, and taking courses at two different schools may seem different than the traditional four-year track at only one place, here are five reasons why any student interested in Engineering should consider the EDDP at UIndy.

1. Classes with more personal attention: Like the rest of the academic programs on campus, the EDDP at UIndy offers all  students the promise of a quality education, which can only be obtained through a learning environment with small class sizes and dedicated faculty who go above and beyond to help you succeed in their courses, and thereafter.

2. Stand out in the field with 2 Degrees: According to some of the EDDP faculty, having the knowledge and skills in a Math/Science field, and in Engineering makes a stronger engineer, and is more marketable in the workplace. The selection of internships and career possibilities also increases when a student holds two degrees.

3. Early exposure to hands-on experience: Students who choose Physics as one of their majors from UIndy, will greatly benefit from the new developments to the curriculum, with an emphasis on group projects. Professor Stephen Spicklemire says this will help enhance the learning experience for students, while helping them acquire the skills and experience needed for a career in Engineering.

4. Choose from 12 combinations of UIndy-IUPUI majors: Whereas the old UIndy/IUPUI engineering program only allowed students to earn a degree in Physics from UIndy, and Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering from IUPUI, the new program has 12 possible combinations for majors in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics from UIndy and Bio-medical, Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.

5. Financial aid guaranteed for 5 years: Although most undergraduate financial aid is only guaranteed for four years, students enrolled in the EDDP will be able to have the same financial aid package they received as entering freshmen, applied to the additional 5th year in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hands-on disability awareness activity drives home lesson for PT students

The commotion could be heard from down the hall. An entire class of first-year physical therapy students stood in line waiting to become disabled -- for an hour or so at least. It was the annual "Disability Awareness Luncheon," an activity that aims to help students in the UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy step into the shoes of the clients they will one day serve.

PT professors Dr. Kathy Martin, Mr. Sam Keggereis (shown at left), Dr. Bill Staples and Dr. Dyer Diehl called students into a classroom where they had multiple instruments at their disposal with which to assign a variety of disabilities to each student. Some students wore socks on their hands to mimic a loss of dexterity. Several had their vision obscured by goggles smeared with vaseline. Others had limbs rendered useless by the strategic placement of ace bandages.

Once they were suitably "disabled," students had to ascend the stairs to take part in a buffet lunch, where they had to serve themselves and eat a potentially challenging meal of lasagna, salad and breadsticks.

The Disability Awareness Luncheon is a long-standing tradition (right down to the menu) at KSPT. When pictures from the event were posted on the KSPT Facebook page, one alum commented, "Honestly one of the most memorable parts of PT school for me!"

After the activity concluded, Dr. Staples commented on the students' observations. "They couldn't believe how difficult is was to function when disabled, or that they were in a lot of pain for being disabled for only 90 minutes and they couldn't imagine being like that 24/7. A couple people commented on how much help they needed just to go through the lunch line. Several students commented on how it was impossible to use their phones when I asked them to send a text to a friend."

Visit the KSPT Facebook page to see more photos from the Disability Awareness Luncheon.

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Professor finds public health gives broader perspective

UIndy physical therapy professor Anne Meija-Downs, PT, MPH has focused her physical therapy practice on health promotion and wellness. After working for several years with cardiac and pulmonary patients in a PT setting, Anne decided she wanted to bring a public health perspective to her world of physical therapy.

“Public health allows us to look at things from a bigger perspective,” Anne said. “We can change one thing – for instance, the social environment or the physical environment – and see how that changes the health of the population.”

By pursuing a master’s degree in public health, Anne felt that she would be able to make it easier for people to make healthier choices in their lives.

“No matter what your basic background is – PT, OT, nursing, social work,” Anne said, “public health lets you look at your area of expertise in a whole different way.”

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences is now offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The program includes a concentration on health disparities, which are preventable differences in the health of various populations. UIndy’s MPH, which is offered in a predominantly online format, will begin in Fall 2014.

“This program will give the best of both worlds – the opportunity to explore a range of health topics of interest and the depth to really investigate and hopefully impact them,” Anne said.

To learn more about the Master of Public Health program at the University of Indianapolis, please visit http://www.uindy.edu/health-sciences/mph.

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UIndy Nursing: Education for Service through a recent trip to Ecuador

 
A group of faculty and students from the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) School of Nursing recently returned from a 13 day Service-Learning Healthcare Trip to Ecuador.  The team consisted of  Dr. Kathy Hetzler, Denise Ferrell and Mrs. Carolyn Kirkendall, faulty from the school of nursing plus twelve students. The students included nine nursing students, a Pre-Med student, Pre-PT student, and a newly graduated nursing student.  The healthcare team grew once the UIndy team arrived at Quito, Ecuador and included two physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a former UIndy nursing graduate who is a missionary, and six One Mission Society missionaries.
 
The team traveled to Loja for a week to set-up and conduct healthcare clinics in three different locations in the Loja region. They saw 504 people over a five day period.  In addition to the healthcare clinics, they conducted two "Friends and Family" CPR sessions for local residents and a youth group.
 
The students also had several cultural experiences, which included visiting the equator and open markets in the area.  
 
It was a wonderful service learning experience for all and helped the students understand the concept of inter-professional practice.
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Making Your Summer Count: College Visits

Although most of their students are gone for the summer break, several college campuses remain open to visitors during this season. If you haven't added college visits to your summer plans yet, be sure to pencil those in, especially one to UIndy!

When you visit the University of Indianapolis, we make every effort to build a great experience that is tailored to your needs. To start off, you can choose from either a group or individual visit:

Group Visits (Available most Saturdays during the year):

  • Presentation from an Admissions Counselor
  • Group tour, led by a student ambassador

Individual (Weekdays from 9am-3pm):

  • One-on-One meeting with an Admissions Counselor
  • Personal tour with a student ambassador

If you visit UIndy during the fall or spring semester, we can also add a few things to your visit schedule:

  • Lunch on campus
  • Meeting with a professor in your major of interest
  • An overnight visit with a current student, in one of our residence halls
  • A classroom visit

Can't make it to campus this summer?

No worries. Although we hope you will eventually find time to visit us, there are additional ways to both learn more about UIndy, and get your questions answered by a current student or an Admissions Counselor. Students who reside in the states of Ohio and Illinois can attend one of our out-of-state receptions. Contact the office of admissions at 317-788-3216 to find out more.

If you are an Indiana resident, you may be contacted by one of our summer representatives this season. Summer Reps are current students who travel across the state and meet with local high school students to talk about why they love UIndy. Check out the website to see when our summer reps will be bringing UIndy to you!

 

 

 

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McMorrow named interim director of UIndy's new MPH program

Dr. Shannon McMorrow, assistant professor in the University of Indianapolis department of kinesiology, has been tapped to be the interim leader of the university's new, online Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

McMorrow joined the UIndy faculty in August 2013. Prior to coming to the University of Indianapolis, she earned her MPH from San Jose State University and was a community health education practitioner for more than 10 years in diverse and multidisciplinary settings across multiple U.S. states, Belize and Uganda. After beginning her academic career as a lecturer at a small private school in Uganda for three years, she returned to her hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich. to complete doctoral studies centered on understanding the implications of media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Kenya for community health education practice.

McMorrow has presented at national and international conferences such as the Society for Public Health Education, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and Qualitative Health Research annual conferences and has published work focused on improving community health education globally.

"Shannon's global experience in public health make her a terrific choice to lead UIndy's MPH program," said College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie P. Kelly, PhD, PT. "In addition to her depth of experience, we think students will be well served by Shannon's passion for highlighting and addressing health disparities between groups of people around the world."

The Master of Public Health offered by the University of Indianapolis is unique in that it is one of few MPH programs to offer a concentration in health disparities.

"In addition to being unique for its focus on health disparities, our program is one of the only MPH programs in Indiana offered in a flexible, predominantly online format," McMorrow said. "This format will help us attract a diverse range of students -- from recent grads to experienced professionals -- who want to advance their knowledge and skills in public health."

The UIndy MPH program is currently admitting students and will begin offering classes in August 2014. Interested students should apply by July 1.

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"Research in the Real World:" CHS professor at UIndy Research Institute

University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences (CHS) professor Elizabeth Moore, PhD teaches graduate courses in both the College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, but earlier this week her students were UIndy undergraduates who are participating in the university's first Summer Research Institute. Moore, an anthropologist, spoke to the students about "Research in the Real World."

"Research isn't just the white coats in the lab," Moore said. "It's important in any discipline. My purpose in talking to the Summer Research Institute students is to help them get a broader sense of what scholarship can be."

According to Moore, the changing landscape of the healthcare system in the U.S., particularly the trend toward evidence-based practice, makes research all the more important.

"Clinicians must prove why something works," she said. "If you can show that your particular method or approach provides faster recovery, fewer complications, better healing, you will have an easier time convincing administrators or payors that the service you are providing is valuable."

Research, Moore said, is simply asking questions and pursuing answers to those questions.

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a program during the May term in which students may conduct original scholarship under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Accepted students and their faculty mentors receive a stipend and are expected to attend and participate in a series of research presentations by faculty and students of the SRI.

 

 

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DegreesInSports.com Features Dr. Diacin

 

Dr. Michael Diacin is the "Featured Professor on DegreesInSports.com, an online database of sports degree programs. Dr. Diacin is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Sport Management degree at the University of Indianapolis. His areas of expertise include sport facility operations and management, sociocultural foundations of sport, and professional and curriculum development in sport management. The following is some of the content from the interview with DegreesInSports.com. Access the full interview at http://www.degreesinsports.com/professor.asp.

Short Bio: A short bio outlining your current position and your career path.

Current responsibilities include teaching a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in the sport management program at the University of Indianapolis. Courses I teach or have taught include sport finance, sport governance, ethics, human resource management, strategic communication, revenue generation, legal aspects, and sport history and culture. Prior to entering the field of academics, I worked in the municipal and interscholastic areas of sport management. Facility management is the area in which most of my work experience occurred.

Did you ever work in the sports industry? If so, how did you land your first job or internship?

Yes, my background is primarily in operations. I was responsible for the day-to-day operations at a number of public sport and recreation facilities. This included all human resource functions, scheduling, financial management, and programming oversight.

Not having friends or family in high places, I did it the hard way. I searched, applied, and then presented myself and my ability to contribute to the organization during the interview. That has been the case for internships as well as full time jobs I’ve held.

What advice would you give to students looking to make sports their career?

You have to do so much above and beyond what anyone can require you to do. Many students complete their internship because it is required and do little to nothing else during their time as a student. The only way to stand out is to do more than the next person and only you can make that happen. Also, they need to understand that working in this field is a lifestyle, not just a job. Because of the unconventional schedules and quantity of hours that must be worked, you have to be ready to commit yourself to it. People who work in sports work when other people play. If you don’t want to work weekends, find something else to do.

Why is it important to get a Bachelors degree in sports management for people who are looking to work in sports?

It is the critical first step to gaining entry into the field. It does demonstrate that you’ve engaged in a curriculum that has allowed you to think critically about the situation you’ll encounter and tasks you’ll complete once you’re in the field.

For more information about the sport management programs at the University of Indianapolis, visit our website or contact us at Kinesiology-grad@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4907. Watch for more from Dr. Diacin's interview with DegreeInSports.com in our next blog!

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DegreesInSports.com Features Dr. Diacin — Part 2

 

Dr. Michael Diacin was recently chosen to be the "Featured Professor" on DegreesInSports.com, an online database of sports degree programs. Dr. Diacin is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Sport Management degree at the University of Indianapolis. His research interests include parental involvement in youth sports; experiential learning and internship development in sport management; and constraints upon family sport and recreation consumption. The following is more of the content from the interview with DegreesInSports.com. The first part of the interview is included in an earlier blog post and you may access the full interview at http://www.degreesinsports.com/professor.asp.

When trying to select a post-graduate program, what advice would you give a prospective student?

Determine the path you want to take and then find a program that specializes in that path. At the graduate level, the focus should be specific as opposed to general. If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t go to grad school simply to buy more time because the experience won’t be productive. Have an end goal in sight and then use that program’s resources to help you reach that goal.

What are the main selection criteria you consider when selecting students to be admitted into your program?

The undergraduate performance and standardized test scores matter a great deal. Someone who has turned in four years of mediocre performance doesn’t indicate they were particularly determined to do better. That attitude of apathy could continue in a graduate program so when those elements are poor, it is a red flag with regard to whether or not this person would be truly serious about graduate study. Another element is the personal essay. It is very important to clearly articulate what you want to get out of the program. If a program has a particular focus and that person does not indicate that in their interests, it could result in a mismatch between student and program.

How important is it for students to do an internship before they graduate? What advice would you give a student looking to select a sports internship?

It is critical. Those without some field experience really don’t stand a chance. When seeking an internship, ask the site supervisor what this experience will prepare you to do and also ask what can you market to future employers from this experience. If the experience doesn’t allow you an opportunity to accumulate evidence that indicates what you can do then it is an internship worth staying away from.

What are the main challenges that sports specific academic programs face over the next 3-5 years?

The biggest challenge, especially with brick and mortar universities is to embrace evolving technologies and still offer a program that allows for students to get the face-to-face time they need with faculty and practitioners that will serve as resources to them. Online learning offers many advantages but it needs to be delivered in a manner that enhances the program while keeping the personal element intact.

For more information about the sport management programs at the University of Indianapolis, visit our website or contact us at Kinesiology-grad@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4907.

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UIndy School of OT enjoys long-term partnership with Hendricks Regional Health

Reprinted with permission from Hendricks Regional Health (HRH). Written by Aimee Ketterer, HRH Marketing Communications Specialist

Hendricks Regional Health occupational therapist, Dr. Lucinda Dale (pictured at right with two MOT students), is a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. For the past 10 years, her student research groups have been measuring outcomes for patients receiving occupational therapy services. To date, five projects, each spanning five semesters of work, have been completed with HRH occupational therapists. Two additional projects, focusing on outcomes after total hip or knee arthroplasty, are currently underway.

All completed research studies have been presented by occupational therapy graduate students in the annual research forum for the School of Occupational Therapy, with many also presented at local, regional and national professional conferences. Completed studies have included the use of standardized outcome questionnaires to measure changes in patients’ abilities to perform daily tasks. Results have shown that patients with musculoskeletal disorders of the arm and hand have made significant clinical improvements following occupational therapy services.

One finished study, Comparing responsiveness of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) and the Upper Limb Functional Index (ULFI), was published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, volume 46, 2013. In a project recently concluded, standard treatment combined with a Pilates-based treatment focusing on postural stability, core strength, and flexibility resulted in marked improvements for patients. This study has been submitted for publication.

Hendricks Regional Health occupational therapy is proud of the collaborative efforts with the School of Occupational Therapy in continuously evaluating and improving outcomes for patients.   

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CHS Dean to speak at Ohio State University

Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, dean of the University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences, will speak as the 2014 Leader in Physical Therapy presenter at Ohio State University on Wednesday, April 30.

Kelly was invited to address the OSU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy because of her roles as the Director of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and as a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute.

Kelly's remarks will center on ACAPT's current shared visioning process for clinical education in physical therapy. The purpose of this process is to reach agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education and to strengthen the relationship between academic and clinical faculty. The ACAPT visioning process will culminate in a Clinical Education Summit in Kansas City, Missouri on October 12-13, 2014.

The 2014 Leader in Physical Therapy presentation will take place in Atwell Hall - Room 316 on the OSU campus from 5:00-6:00pm.

About Dr. Kelly:  Stephanie Kelly's scholarly interests primarily relate to clinical education and learning as it relates to the UIndy motto of “Education for Service.”  She has clinical experience in rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, brain injury and amputations. She earned a degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a PhD from Nova Southeatern University. She was named Dean of the UIndy College of Health Sciences in 2009.

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Indians College Night Recap

Written by Josh Baker, University of Indianapolis Sport Management major - See more at: http://blog.uindy.edu/blog/sport-management#sthash.7Iyc2V50.dpuf

Written by Niki Lobo, University of Indianapolis Sport Management major

Students in the University of Indianapolis Administration of Athletics class (KINS 340) were able to catch a first-hand look of what it was like to work with the Indianapolis Indians. The class partnered with the Indians to assist the organization with their marketing mechanisms for their scheduled Monday, April 14 game versus the Columbus Clippers. Fittingly, this game was dubbed as “College Night” as a way to attract as many college students in the area as possible to the game so that they could be involved with the fun atmosphere that Victory Field provides. Unfortunately, the game was cancelled by the Indians due to weather. Even though we were unable to see the results of our efforts, this project still proved to be a very valuable opportunity for the students to be involved with a sports team in the area. As a class, we were still able to work together to determine the best way to tackle the project and how to successfully implement our plans.

The original goal of this hands-on project was to have 1,000 college students from UIndy, Butler, Marion, and IUPUI combined at the game (400 students from UIndy, 200 from Butler, 200 from Marion, and 200 from IUPUI). One of the biggest roles we played in this night was determining a marketing strategy to best communicate the discounted ticket price to each school. To make this easier, the class split up into four groups: one for UIndy, one for Butler, one for Marion, and one for IUPUI. I was assigned to the UIndy group. Each group then took it upon themselves to make contacts at the school they were assigned to in order to promote the game to each school’s student body. It was also the responsibility of each group to post the flyer around each campus community. The marketing mechanisms used to promote the “College Night” game and discounted tickets at each school included posting flyers, using social media, personal interactions, word of mouth, and communication through e-mail. In order to keep track of how many students attended from each school, there were registration tables that were going to be set up at the main entrance where students would sign-in by their school’s sign.

The Indians provided the class with 25 door prizes to hand out to students from the four schools who attended the game as an incentive to come to the game and check-in. Each group then had to determine a way to fairly distribute the prizes to their respective school during the game. As a class, we decided that six prizes would be distributed to Butler, Marion, and IUPUI, and seven prizes would be available for UIndy students due to the expected larger attendance numbers from UIndy students. Each group then decided exactly how the prizes would be distributed the day of the game to their school. Even though we were unable to go through with this part of the project, my group decided to use raffle tickets and draw out names to fairly pick a winner. Students would enter in the raffle by registering at the table upon entering the stadium. Once they entered their contact information, we would give instructions on how to collect their prize if they were chosen.

Other initiatives my class was in charge of for College Night included picking a representative from each school to throw the first pitch, finding participants for the three games that take place in between select innings, and also finding the National Anthem singer. The National Anthem singer was chosen from a pool of UIndy students through auditions that my class organized.  It was the responsibility of the groups representing each school to pick a student representative for the first pitch and find participants for the three different games. Each group had different methods in doing this. For my group, the first pitch thrower was picked from a class vote and we chose our participants for the games ahead of time by promoting it to students in the student center.

Our class performed adequately in planning and marketing this event to the surrounding colleges for the Indians organization. It was disappointing that we were not able to adequately measure the success of our efforts due to cancellation of the game. If we were to measure our success, ticket sales by school would have played a major role. Students had the option to buy tickets ahead of time, which could be tracked by school through the Indians software, but any ticket purchased at the gate was unable to be tracked. The goal of having the registration tables by the entrance with the raffle prizes was also a way for us to keep track of the number of students who came from each school for College Night.

To improve upon this project, I would add more features to the College Night game, which would make it more special, draw in more students, and increase ticket sales. The Indians had their normal “dollar menu night” for the Monday night game, but other than this, there wasn’t much that made College Night different than attending other Indians game. One idea to add to the night and increase ticket sales is to hold a contest between the participating schools, and then award the school that has the largest amount of students present at the game. Scheduling this game for a Monday added to the difficulty in bringing out a significant crowd. Picking a different day of the week, such as a Thursday, would help draw a bigger crowd.

Another way to improve the project is for each group to hold a contest with their assigned school as a way to choose the first pitch winner and participants for the games in between the innings. This could be done by having students purchase tickets ahead of time if they want to have the chance to throw the first pitch, and then the name of the contestant for the first pitch/games would come from that pool of students who prepaid for their ticket. Instead of hand picking a random person, this will ensure fairness and also increase ticket sales through creating more excitement for the game by the chance to be involved. Having more prepaid tickets purchased would also help in tracking the total number of tickets for each school.

This project was a challenge compared to other projects in how hands-on it was with the way that the groups had to contact and go out to the schools in order to market the game to them. But, this also helped us learn more about marketing and restrictions to marketing such as where you can and can’t hang flyers, if the flyers had to be approved or not, and how certain things can’t be communicated over social media depending upon the school. Personally, this project helped me learn and realize a lot about sporting events and marketing. I was able to catch a glimpse of marketing towards a targeted market (college students) with a specific product (College Night) as opposed to marketing a general event to the entire community.

Despite the fact that we could not completely follow-through with this project, it was still a learning experience that I will never forget. My class was able to get first-hand experience on promoting an actual sporting event, and the Indians received some free help in marketing in return. As a result, I feel that this project has prepared the students from the class well for future employment in the sports management field.

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Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award given to OT professor

Dr. Candy Beitman, associate professor of occupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis, was recently honored as one of two recipients of the Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award.

The Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award was created in 2005 in honor of the commitment to interfaith awareness and interaction by then President Jerry Israel.  A medallion is presented to recognize the attitudes and involvements of members of our campus community who display excellence or virtue in ways that are generative for particular religious communities on campus as well as consideration and respect for others representing other traditions and peoples who are at the university, as well.

Beitman was honored with Kevin Corn, Instructor of Religion in the UIndy College of Arts and Sciences. Both helped with the Jewish sukkah hut on campus to help students, faculty and staff understand the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.  They invited students to learn of the history, the traditions, and the rituals surrounding this Jewish holiday.

Further, both faculty members have been active participants in the university's Ecumenical and Interfaith Council, providing their insight and enthusiasm to the shaping of religious life at UIndy, ensuring programming and opportunities that are attentive to changing demographics in the UIndy community.

Finally, Beitman and Corn have given of their energy and leadership through the years in the Interfaith Peace Service, an annual opportunity for the campus to gather and reflect on the value of peace in our lives and what can be learned from the many faith traditions represented at UIndy.

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PT student named UIndy Student Volunteer of the Year

Libby Anderl is a second-year doctor of physical therapy student at the University of Indianapolis. By definition, that makes her one busy woman. Yet, Anderl makes time in her busy schedule to participate in a host of community and university volunteer activities. That dedication to service recently earned her recognition as the UIndy Student Volunteer of the Year.

"Libby embodies a true 'volunteer spirit,'" said professor Anne Mejia-Downs, who nominated Anderl for the honor. "She is always ready to help out with requests, large and small, and I can always count on her to offer up a solution, an answer to a question, or a smile to someone who needs it."

For the past three years, Anderl has served as head coach and coordinator of TOPSoccer, a community outreach program for youth soccer players with special needs. You can also find her on the sidelines of the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, where she serves as both scorekeeper and cheerleader. 

She worked as a student PT volunteer at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic and has given of her time to the UIndy Community Patient Resource Group's Parent's Night Out and the PT Day College Mentors for Kids. 

A Dayton, Ohio native, Anderl spends her breaks from school working at vacation Bible school and bagging and delivering groceries to needy families in the Dayton area. 
 
 
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Conference to help clinicians transition to teaching

Career transitions require preparation and forward thinking. Transitioning from working in a clinical environment as an occupational or physical therapist, nurse, or other healthcare professional to teaching at the college level requires the same. The Institute for Emerging Educators in Healthcare (IEEH), which will take place at the University of Indianapolis from August 7-9, 2014, was developed to help clinicians successfully transition from the clinic or hospital into higher education. 

Participants will learn how to organize courses, implement learning theories and engagement strategies, and use technology to create effective courses and clinical experiences for students. In addition, participating clinicians will come to understand the structure and culture of teaching in higher education. 

Faculty

In 2011, the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy and School of Education jointly received a UIndy Inquiry Grant to teach occupational therapy students  client education engagement strategies and to train faculty on the use of student engagement strategies to improve teaching abilities in new faculty members. Professors from each school partnered together on a publication that appeared in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy in Summer 2013. The collaboration continues with those faculty members joining forces again for IEEH.

Conference faculty include Angelia Ridgway, PhD; Donna Stephenson, MS; Deborah Sachs, MS; Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR; Julie Bednarski, OTD, MHS, OTR; and Lori Breeden, MS, OTR.


Registration

IEEH registration is underway. The early bird rate, available through June 7, 2014, is $350 per person. After June 7, 2014, the registration rate is $395. Attendance is limited to 50 people.

For more information about the Institute for Emerging Educators in Healthcare, please visit ot.uindy.edu/IEEH.

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